Restaurant Reviews

Flower Drum: Restaurant review


17 Market La
Melbourne, VIC


Lunch Mon-Sat noon-3pm;
Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm, Sun 6pm-10.30pm


E $10-$32
M $26-$70
D $10-$18;
banquets $125 - $200


There are Chinese restaurants, and there is Flower Drum. The Australian home of Cantonese perfection is certainly august, but staid it is not. Anthony Lui's produce-led verve can take unexpected directions, whether it's fat slices of heat-licked abalone on mung bean noodles with a dipping sauce based on Maggi soy, or a supermeaty mud crab claw tossed in the pungent house XO with sweet pops of sugar-snap pea. When the weather cools, double-boiled soup with wallaby tail and loganberry might appear in all its restorative glory, and as for honey chicken, you might swoon over a minimalist version featuring the warming crunch of young ginger. Service takes this grande dame beyond a virtuoso performance thanks to maître d' Jason Lui and A-grade waitstaff, many of whom have walked the plush carpet of the dining room for more than 20 years.
(03) 9662 3655
Bookings essential
  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Anthony Lui
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.